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Comedy Spot hosts aspiring comedians

Published: Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:06


Mike Potempa

Kevin O'Dea heckled the crowd.

The stand-up comedy class of The Comedy Spot, performed to a sold out crowd on Sept. 16, under the guidance of their host and instructor Dee Ann Kinkade, who has been teaching classes at The Comedy Spot for six years.The line up featured 12 comedians and a brief intermission with the owner Sean Dillin, who interacted with the audience with off-the-wall jokes and imitations.

"Before I taught stand-up comedy, I taught four years of French conversation" said Kinkade, the instructor of the comedy classes.

"I work at SCC, I work at the film school, and I work at a college T.V. station. We have a show called 'Maricopa Now' and I do a report on one of the 10 community colleges."

When she was younger, Kinkade went away to France for a short vacation, but ended up staying for 10 years. She had no skills to market, so when she returned to the states, she taught French communication while pursuing a screen writing career.

"My screen play was being auctioned and it went to Bette Midler, it went to Kathleen Turner, but it did not go to the screen. So, everybody said, 'you're a good comedy writer, why don't you try stand-up," Kinkade said.

She soon realized that her voice sounded comedic and wanted to pursue comedy classes in Los Angeles before returning to Ariz. and booking shows.

Nathan Evangelista, a performer from the Comedy Classes featured in the showcase, stated that he's used comedy in his life since he was a child.

"I've always tried to be funny. Growing up I was kind of shy but being funny was my way to make friends," Evangelista said.

Evangelista became serious about stand-up comedy a year ago when his friend started performing and was inspired by Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall.

"The showcase was my first time performing," said Chase Stevens, a 16-year-old Brophy College Proprietary student.

For more information on The Comedy Spot Comedy Club go to for show times, tickets and discounts.

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